Kajari Melon - Rare Exotic Heirloom
How cool is this?
Kajari is a small heirloom melon grown in the Punjab region of India. The fruit weigh 2 to 3 pounds and are delightfully fragrant. They taste like a ripe honeydew, and they look like beach balls! A sure hit at farmer's markets.
Each vine produces 6 - 9 melons in a short season, only 60-70 days seeds to fruit. They can be planted only a few feet apart, seem to appreciate a trellis, and do better in partial shade than full sun. Any unripe melons can be picked after first frost and will continue to ripen in storage. A good keeper.
Seeds are extremely rare. Grow more to share.
Thoroughly moisten your seed-starting mix, and then fill your pots/containers to within 1/2" of the top.
Place two or three seeds into each small container or each cell of a seed starter. Cover the seed with about 1/4" of soil.
Water to ensure good seed-to-mix contact. You can use a plant mister or just dribble a stream of water over the top. You don't need to soak the soil, just moisten the top layer.
(You don't want to heavily water and "push" seeds to deep that they can't germinate.)
Keep the mix moist but not soaking wet. Lay some plastic kitchen wrap and a rubber band over pots to keep in heat and moisture.
Place the pots in a warm, sunny spot or on top of a heat mat. (Seeds won't germinate until the soil itself is 75-80 degrees.)
Check pots daily. As soon as you see sprouts, remove the covering and place the pots in a sunny window or under grow lights, keeping the lights just an inch or two above the tops of the plants.